Monday, October 28, 2002

Mea Culpa

I've been neglecting this blog in preparation for NaNoWriMo, which I tend to think of as "Nanorama" — National Novel Writing Month. Fifty thousand words in 30 days, on top of work, commuting time, sleep, eating, housework, church, family. . . . Obviously it's not going to be deathless prose, but it *is* going to be 50,000 words written down, which I can then edit into some kind of shape. I'm hoping it will give me some momentum to carry into December and beyond.

Today I downloaded an Excel spreadsheet that will enable me to chart my daily progress toward 50,000 words. I've been corresponding a bit with other NaNoWriMas. I'm letting my mind fuill with characters, incidents, narrative techniques. I'm carrying around index cards in half a dozen colors so I can take notes. I'm serious about this.

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